River Report: Saturday, March 27, 2021
Rivers up and down the state got their share of warm rain yesterday. Upwards of 1.5 inches in areas to the north. This coupled with recent air temperature in the upper 60 to low 70’s is melting snow fast and will have rivers at a bank full. There is a flood watch for some areas until Saturday at 8 pm.
Last week’s warm weather, brought the tributaries to Lake Champlain to life. Temperatures got into the low 40’s, and flows picked up from all the snowmelt. Steelhead responded and started to make the move upstream to spawn with the first of the year coming to the net. There were lots of both species of early stoneflies around. Small 18s and the much larger 12s. The best “early” action is on nymphs fished deep and slow. Egg and worm patterns are a great choice as well. As the season moves on and the fish start to drop back to the lake, bright-colored streamers take the stage and become more productive. This is the time the smallmouth start to invade the rivers for their spawn run. More on that late April.
Don’t forget our “Steel Deal” is going on(see recent posts). If you want to up your game so you can have more grip and grin moments, learn from some of the best in the game. The time is now to get out with a Stream and Brook guide who can teach you the strategies and techniques they use to get more hookups and releases.